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“Action On The Side” is a short filmmaking project run in the UK by Busy Kiwi Productions (registered company number 09584562, registered office at 12 Mount Drive, HA9 9ED). Action On The Side (AOTS) runs filmmaking projects and workshops for participants to develop their filmmaking skills. These policies adhere to the laws of England. Any dispute would be covered by the courts of England. We reserve the right to amend and update these policies at any point. Any queries or issues should be directed in the first instance to the Producer / Organiser, Patricia Hetherington, through email at hello[at]

Privacy and GDPR Policy

Personal data is protected in the United Kingdom under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Action On The Side and Busy Kiwi Productions Ltd will not sell customer data.

Information is not retained when visitors access the website. Information regarding Cookies will be connected to Wix, which hosts the website. 

We collect names and contact information when visitors register (sign up) for an AOTS event through the website. The information is connected to the event.


Visitors may choose to register for the website to become Members. This allows for interaction with Groups and Forums on the site. Members can edit and remove their data from the site at their discretion.


Action On The Side will retain the names and contact information of participants in our projects for the express purpose of crediting them for their roles in the film project. Participants sign a Release Form outlining the use of their information for that film project.

We use Mailchimp for our email newsletter. Visitors can register themselves on the mailing list and can unsubscribe at any time. 

Customers can also interact with Action On The Side through our Social Media channels: including, but not limited to, the Facebook Page, Twitter (X), Instagram, and LinkedIn.

Copyright and Privacy

In the United Kingdom, copyright protection is automatic when you create a piece of original work (further details here). An idea cannot be copyrighted. We strongly recommend that writers have at least a first draft of their screenplay or a written treatment before pitching their film for our filmmaking projects or discussing their script in the Script Development Workshops.

We request that participants in our scriptwriting workshops do not discuss other writers' story ideas outside of the workshop, without the express consent of the writer. 

Action On The Side and Busy Kiwi Productions do not retain the rights to scripts that are pitched or discussed in our filmmaking projects or workshops. When a script is selected for a filmmaking project, the Writer must sign a written agreement to transfer the copyright to Busy Kiwi Productions for the film to be made. All cast and crew involved with an Action On The Side film project must sign a contract with Busy Kiwi Productions Ltd before filming begins. This is a standard industry practice, these are industry-standard contracts, and the signees will have at least 24 hours to read and review the contract before signing.


Contracts can be signed physically or digitally and will be shared with the signee. They will be kept by Busy Kiwi Productions Ltd for the duration of copyright.

Refund Policies

We understand things happen. When a participant cannot attend an Action On The Side event (workshop, project, screening), they must contact Action On The Side in the first instance, by emailing hello[at]

If a participant can cancel their ticket online through the Wix Events page, they should do so.

Refunds cannot be issued more than 60 days after a payment has been made. 

Script Development Workshops

A workshop participant who advises AOTS in writing that they cannot attend the workshop up to 24 hours before the workshop can either 1) receive a full refund; or 2) their registration can be deferred to the next available workshop that they can attend. n.b. deferred registration cannot be refunded.

A workshop participant who advises AOTS in writing that they cannot attend the workshop within 24 hours of the event will not be eligible for a refund.

If AOTS cannot run an advertised workshop, the workshop will be cancelled, participants will be notified in writing, and full refunds will be returned to the participants.

One Month Filmmaking Projects

If you can no longer take part in the one-month filmmaking project, contact us in the first instance. The event begins on Preproduction Weekend Day 1 (the date of the event).


If AOTS is notified up to 7 days before the event, you will receive a 100% refund.

7 to 4 days before the event, you will receive a 75% refund.

4 to 1 days before the event, you will receive a 50% refund.

Refund requests on the day of the event will receive a 40% refund.


We understand things happen beyond your control. If you have an unforeseen circumstance that prevents you from taking part in the project, please do contact us. We may be able to offer a full refund depending on the situation.


If the event is cancelled due to insufficient registration, participants will be notified in writing and will receive a 100% refund.

Code of Conduct

Action On The Side is designed to develop practical skills, which include professionalism. We expect that participants (guests, customers, attendees) will act professionally and with respect. This includes, but is not limited to, in our workshops, on our film shoots, at our screenings, on our forums, in our online groups, in our inbox and on our social media channels. 

We reserve the right to remove any participant or guest who does not treat our team or fellow participants or guests with respect. We reserve the right of discretion in this choice. We reserve the right to not issue a refund where a customer has broken our code of conduct.

Note that we will not accept under any circumstance any discrimination, bigotry or harassment, including, but not limited to, protected characteristics under UK law, as outlined by the Equality Act 2010. 

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